Hannah Hartley, Staff Writer
On a two-game winning streak, the Saint Martin’s Men’s Baseball team continues to push through the season. The Saints have a current record of 13-18 in the GNAC.
At the beginning of April, they took on the Yellowjackets of Montana State Billings in Billings, Mont. At the time this article was written, the Yellowjackets had a record of 22-10 . For the weekend of April 6 and 7, which included two double-headers, MSU’s homefield advantage was prevalent when the scores hit the boards. When the team took on the Yellowjackets in late March, they lost each game of the match up, but by a lower margin. MSU threw 19 runs onto the board in the first game, with SMU putting up five. The Saints’ Aaron Shoup started at pitcher for the Saints during the second game, and Grayson Ritter and Zach Alcos threw 2.2 and 1.1 innings, respectively.
The second game was played at a much faster pace, with Micah McNicoll delivering a lead-off strikeout and tying the game. Shortly after, SMU was down to their last out and McNicoll stole second, allowing sophomore infielder Ryne Oshiro to drive him in with an RBI single. The Saints came out with a loss after Saturday’s second game 3-5, as well as the first game on Sunday, with a score of 5-17. However, the Saints came back for the win on the afternoon matchup on Sunday, with a score of 6-2. Ryan Dorney got his first start of the season during the series finale and he made the most of it, throwing a total of five shutout innings, striking out six hitters, and allowing only two hits. The Redshirt Senior is now 2-1 on the season.
The Saints carried their winning momentum into the following weekend when they took on the Central Washington Wildcats, who are 11-20. Shoup started at pitcher for the first seven innings and allowed no runs, and senior Robbie Shineman kept the shutout going through the last two innings. Ultimately, the Saints came out on top with a 7-0 victory over the Wildcats. The team stayed strong throughout the weekend, delivering 5-2 and 9-7 victories on Friday and Sunday respectively.
Just five days later, the Saints made the trek down to Concordia University in Portland, Ore. to take on the Cavaliers. In a grueling first game, Concordia came out fighting, scoring six runs in just two innings. Senior outfielder Austin Feist hit a two-RBI single, allowing Isaac Hegamin and Oshiro to run home. Concordia barely squeaked by to win by one point in the second game of the series, but the Saints got their groove back during Saturday’s double header, coming out with 8-5 and 5-1 wins. Overall, the Saints are 17-23, and will take on the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks, Central Washington Wildcats, and the Western Oregon Wolves before the GNAC Championships Tournament, which takes place from May 8-10 in Portland, Ore.